Outdoor Education

Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Play and Learning

We visit the outdoor areas at school daily, year-round. We ensure children are appropriately clothed for the weather and all children have a change of clothes left in the pre-school if needed. Learning to weigh up risks in nature is promoted as a learning benefit and an essential life-skill for example learning to climb a tree.

We are introducing exciting Forest School activities on Fridays and will spend the majority of the morning outside.

 

Outdoor programme activities:

Happy playing outside

Happy playing outside

  • Forest school activities
  • Tree climbing
  • Bird watching and feeding
  • Gardening
  • Nature walks and exploration
  • Messy play outdoors
  • Science outdoors
  • Art outdoors
  • Imaginative/Fantasy play outdoors
  • Learning about the weather and seasons
  • Using elements from the natural environment in play
  • Free-play outdoors
  • Learning about animals and nature
  • Exercise (running, jumping, skipping, hopping), balance, ball skills and hand-eye co-ordination
Fun painting the fence

Fun painting the fence

Facilities:

  • Enclosed all-weather surface
  • Large fenced garden area with grass and trees
  • Picnic benches
  • Vegetable patch
  • Circular garden with tree stump seats
  • Climbing frame
  • Sand and water play

What to bring for the outdoors

Clothing: Old pair of wellies, raincoat/windbreaker & hat (to be left in the pre-school for daily use). In summer months children should leave sun hats in the pre-school and apply sun cream before coming to school.

Change of clothes: A full change of clothes and socks in a small plastic packet or bag to be left in the pre-school.

Recycled materials: From time to time we request items for recycling art projects.